Posted on Aug 14, 2017

Kristi was born, raised and still lives in northeastern South Dakota with her husband, Bryon, and their three children, Kassidy, Kennedy, and Booker.

Kristi learned the value of hard work as she farmed with her dad to build an operation he could pass along to his kids one day. While Kristi was taking college classes, her father died unexpectedly in a farming accident. Kristi returned home shortly after to farm and ranch full-time. She stepped up, helped stabilize the operation, and provided leadership when it was needed most.

Kristi’s experience as a small business owner shaped her understanding of government. The way she sees it: the federal government too often gets in the way of hardworking South Dakotans trying to support their families, communities, and our country. That belief has been what's driven Kristi to try to make a difference through public service.

After serving in Pierre as Assistant Majority Leader in the South Dakota House of Representatives, Kristi was elected to serve as South Dakota’s lone Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. She's now serving her fourth term and currently sits on the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax and trade policy, Social Security, Medicare, foster care programs and unemployment compensation programs. It is widely regarded as the most powerful committee in Congress.

When she isn't in Washington, D.C., while the House is in session or traveling across the 66 counties she represents in South Dakota, Kristi enjoys hunting pheasant and deer as well as spending time with her family.


Program Highlights for August 14, 2017


Congresswoman Noem stays busy with her role as Congresswoman in the US House of Representatives.  A record of over 250 bills have passed the House this session.  The President of the United States has also signed 42 bills since his administration began.  


She stated that the House of Representatives is planning a Tax Reform Bill this fall to help lower tax rates for everyone.  If approved, the average South Dakota family would see an increase in after-tax income of over $4,700 a year.


Congresswoman Noem also discussed introducing a Farm Bill in the next year. Healthcare and Indian Health Services as well as spending and poverty are major issues that need to be reviewed and reformed.  


During the 115th Congress, Kristi Noem has also helped the House pass:

· The Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act, which would better align education with in-demand jobs

· 15 bills to repeal regulations and save Americans billions of dollars – each of which were signed into law

· More than a dozen anti-human trafficking bills

Next Week's Program: August 21, 2017


Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Augustana University